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Grandparents’ Day – What my grandson has taught me

September 10, 2017
Grandparents Day

Grandparents' Day


September 10 is Grandparents’ Day and I’m linking up with Leslie from Once Upon A Time, Happily Ever After, to share what I’ve learned from grandchildren and in particular, my darling grandson.  Actually in Australia, Grandparents Day is on 29th October, so I’m celebrating early!

I’m Nan to Ethan the joy of my life and have seen him every week since he was born 3 years ago.  To say he is the light of my life is an understatement.  He brings such happiness and joy to my life and has taught me so much even in his short life.

I’m Nanna Sue to Lexie, Harry and Camden who are our grandchildren on my husband’s side of the family.  I don’t get to see them that often but enjoy planning beautiful birthday cake designs and also what ‘Santa’ will bring each year.

The relationship of grandparent and grandchild is so important and I feel very lucky to have experienced this.  My children were very young when my mother passed away and my dad passed away six weeks before my eldest child, Rachel was born.  Their father’s parents had also passed away so they grew up not having this special relationship.

A few months ago, I invited some of my blogging friends, who are also grandmothers to share their thoughts on The best thing about being a grandmother – 6 grandmothers share their thoughts.

I also wrote my thoughts which you can read here – The best thing about being a grandmother

Grandparents’ Day – What my grandson has taught me

My darling grandson Ethan, helping me celebrate my 60th birthday

Who would have thought that at 60 I could still learn from a child?  We should never stop learning and I’m privileged to spend time with Ethan each Wednesday.

I have learned three important lessons from my grandson which I wanted to share with you.

1. Take time to breathe and enjoy the moment

Usually one to never sit still, when I’m with Ethan he has taught me to stop, breathe and be in the moment.  Children naturally know about ‘mindfulness’ and being present. I’ve learned to discover the beauty of a spider’s web or sit watching ants scurrying around.  I’ve learned that it is fun to just sit and look at the clouds or watch for the lorikeets (or lollikeets as Ethan calls them) from his bedroom window.

2. You don’t need expensive toys to have fun – you just need imagination

I have learned to use my imagination as Ethan discovers his own adventures.  One week we could be living with dinosaurs and running from them.  The next week we might be on a pirate ship and looking for land.  Children are so beautiful and innocent with wonderful imaginations which always should be encouraged.

3. I never thought I had any more love in my heart but being a grandmother tops it all.

When I hear ‘Nan’s here!’ my heart just melts and I’ve learned that the type of love between a grandparent and grandchild is just so special.

I have also become an expert on dinosaurs and know my T-Rex from a Centasauras and a Triceratops from a Pterodactyl!  Which I think is pretty impressive.

Are you a grandparent?  What have you learned from your grandchildren?

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  • Reply Christie Hawkes September 11, 2017 at 01:26

    I second everything you said about being a grandma, Sue. The feelings I have for my grandchildren are so deep, it’s hard to put into words. I would say one of the most important things they have taught me is to enjoy the moment. Enjoy your day!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric September 12, 2017 at 07:32

      It is such a beautiful relationship isn’t it Christie!

  • Reply Debbie Harris September 11, 2017 at 07:08

    You are very lucky to have this great relationship Sue. I can tell by your words how much it means to you to be a grandmother. Enjoy every moment. C

    • Reply Sue Loncaric September 12, 2017 at 07:33

      I certainly am Debbie and I cherish my relationship with Ethan – but I think you guessed that! LOL:)

  • Reply Donna September 11, 2017 at 08:05

    Happy Grandparents’ Day, Sue –
    I LOVE all the things that we learn from our Grandchildren – especially the unexpected ones.
    I agree that their lessons of ‘enjoying that exact moment’ is best of all!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric September 12, 2017 at 07:34

      Oh me too Donna – they can be little surprise packages can’t they?

  • Reply Leslie Clingan September 11, 2017 at 11:24

    I feel like I was always in such a hurry when I was raising my daughters. And I am so sorry for that. But as a grandmother I have more time to just enjoy the moment.

    Thank you for sharing the important lessons your baby Ethan has shared with you. Love the photo of you both. He is such a doll. And looking at you in that photo you look very much like the folks on the Roberts side of my family. Crazy!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric September 12, 2017 at 07:37

      Yes I felt that way to about raising my children Leslie – there never seemed enough time. That is why I just love the time I spend with Ethan is just is priceless. We need to find out about whether we are related or not that is for sure!

  • Reply Michelle (inthegoodbooksblog) September 11, 2017 at 13:41

    Happy Grandparents Day! My three daughters are blessed to have their grandparents who love them (and spoil them too!)

    • Reply Sue Loncaric September 12, 2017 at 07:38

      thank you Michelle and I think one of the jobs of being a grandparent is to spoil the grandchildren, isn’ it? 🙂

  • Reply Fi Morrison September 11, 2017 at 15:49

    This is such a great perspective, thank you for sharing. My parents have ‘recently’ become grandparents for the second time (my son was born 13 months ago), and I know they absolutely love it. They babysit him one day a week when I’m at work, and I always love to watch the glisten in their eye when I come home and they tell me all about their day with him. I’ll be sure to share this with them when they return from holidays – I know they will agree with all of your points!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric September 12, 2017 at 07:39

      Oh congratulations Fi and I can really identify with how your parents feel at the end of the day spent with your son. I just love every Wednesday and am privileged to have the opportunity to spend this time with Ethan. I’d love to know what your parents think about my post as well. Have a lovely day! xx

  • Reply Jo Tracey September 11, 2017 at 15:56

    We lived away when I was a kid so never really got to know our grandparents. My cousins grew up near our grandparents & I was always a little envious of that. Our daughter has been fortunate to live close to my parents for most of her life – and has the best relationship with them. My mother is an active grandma – probably like you are – and would take the grandkids out on hikes or fishing or anything that had them moving.
    Enjoy your special time.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric September 12, 2017 at 07:41

      My grandparents died before I was born Jo and my children didn’t have grandparents from when Rachel turned 4. It is such a shame as it can be a beautiful relationship. You Mum sounds like the perfect grandma!

  • Reply Shirley Corder September 11, 2017 at 22:12

    Sue, I love this post. I have three sets of grandchildren, none of them living nearby. They range from 24 to 4 years-old, and I love them all so much. Just the other day, my husband and I were talking about our relationships with them and we came to a startling revelation. The ones that live the furthest away (missionary kids – Venezuela & Kazakhstan to mention a couple of venues) are actually the ones where we have the most meaningful relationships. Why? Because we’ve had to work at it. And because when they are in S.Africa they always make sure we have a couple of weeks of them all to ourselves (well, usually with their parents thrown in too 🙂 ) Thanks for sharing this and getting me thinking more.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric September 12, 2017 at 07:42

      That is a good point Shirley about the relationship with the kids that live furthest away. You get to spend quality not quantity time with them and that is most important. Have a lovely day and thanks for stopping by xx

  • Reply Leanne | crestingthehill September 11, 2017 at 22:56

    It is such a special relationship isn’t it Sue? I can’t believe how different it is to what we had with our own children – I guess it’s because it’s all love and very little responsibility and discipline. We can just be their special person who loves them without boundaries. Ethan is very lucky to have you in his life.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric September 12, 2017 at 07:42

      I can’t imagine life without him now Leanne and I’m sure you feel that way about Sophia. Such a great relationship isn’t it?

  • Reply Jennifer September 12, 2017 at 04:52

    I do not have the privilege of being a grandparent yet, not sure that it will ever happen. But if I am, I had the best example of grandparents in my parents. They loved children, not just their own and not just their own grandchildren. They basically adopted the neighbors next door and their children call my mother “Grandma” as well. Need someone to take you to every miniature golf place in the entire state? As Grandma. Need someone to take you to every MacDonald? Ask Grandpa. The list is endless. They babysit grandchildren, took them on rides and vacations. There was no lack of love. I bet you are the same kind of grandparent!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric September 12, 2017 at 07:43

      Oh your parents sound like wonderful parents and grandparents. The important part of being a grandparent I’ve learned is to give the grandchildren your time and that sounds exactly what your parents are doing. Have a wonderful day and thanks for stopping by xx

  • Reply Grammy Dee | Grammy's Grid September 12, 2017 at 08:49

    Such a precious post Sue. I enjoyed reading it. I don’t have a post written to link up with but I’ve shared your linkup 🙂

    • Reply Sue Loncaric September 14, 2017 at 10:52

      Thanks Dee and thank you for sharing my post. Have a lovely day x

  • Reply candy September 12, 2017 at 10:41

    Our grandchildren can teach us much if we will spend the time and listen to them.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric September 14, 2017 at 10:51

      They certainly can Candy and I just love learning from my little guy x

  • Reply Sydney Shop Girl September 12, 2017 at 16:31

    Such a lovely post, Sue! My mum has said exactly the same thing about my son. I look forward to the day when I too can be in the privileged position of being someone’s grandmother.

    SSG xxx

    PS – it’s been such a joy getting to know and be inspired by your writing each week through #LTW X

    • Reply Sue Loncaric September 14, 2017 at 10:50

      Oh thank you SSG your comments especially the PS has made my day! I’ve enjoyed getting to know you as well. xx

  • Reply Denyse Whelan Blogs September 13, 2017 at 13:01

    I loved this and read it nodding my head at your words. I has a great relationship with my maternal grandfather and was spoiled rotten. I watched my parents grandparent our kids and they were active and involved grandparents who took the kids on trips and had them stay in school holidays. When I knew I was to become grandma the first time, I was over the moon and at only 46 it was still special!! I loved the moment I met Miss now almost 21 in December 1996 and had the joy and tiring time of caring for her, at our house, from 6 weeks to 6 months 3 days a week! Her mum is also a teacher and she needed to take a one year she had been offered by the principal of the school where I was deputy. I said to my daughter, if D, the principal agrees to me having leave then I can care for the baby. He did! and her paternal grandmother cared for her on the other days. Since then we have been blessed with another 5 granddaughters and 2 grandsons. I had semi retired by the time our son and DIL had their first children so we jumped to have the chance to care for both of them up to 3 days a week. I so miss those days but now we are older it might not be so fun!! I am a K-2 teacher by training so had a mountain of fun with my grandkids. Thanks for joining in #LTW 35/52, next week is Taking Stock. I have added the prompts for the rest of 2017 on my home page and in the blog post P is for Pansies.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric September 14, 2017 at 10:46

      Oh I’m sure you are the best grandmother Denyse and wow 7 grandchildren how wonderful. They all bring their own love don’t they? I’m so pleased you enjoyed the post. I love helping my daughter with Ethan so she can continue her career and I get to spend special times with him.

  • Reply Random Musings September 16, 2017 at 01:09

    I love this, particularly the last point about the love between grandparents and their grandchildren. It’s such a special relationship and I have so many lovely memories of my grandparents from when I was little
    Thanks for linking up to #AnythingGoes 🙂

    • Reply Sue Loncaric September 17, 2017 at 16:58

      It really is special Debbie and I never had grandparents, nor my children so I’m very lucky to have my grandson in my life.

  • Reply Toddlers to Teens Psychology September 16, 2017 at 20:57

    We can learn so much from kids can’t we. And then thinking sets in! 😀

    • Reply Sue Loncaric September 18, 2017 at 08:23

      That is for sure! Thanks for visiting 🙂

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